Metro Public Hearings: Transit Needs for the North County

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be holding a series of Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 8 Hearing Board Meetings for the use of TDA Article 8 funds in the North County and the City of Avalon.

The TDA Article 8 funds are for those areas of Los Angeles County that do not have Metro service because they are located outside Metro’s service area. These areas include Antelope Valley (Palmdale & Lancaster), Santa Clarita Valley and Santa Catalina Island (City of Avalon). These hearings will determine TDA Article 8 budget funding for FY2011-12 for the North County and Avalon.

This year the hearing board consists of Michael Cano, representing Supervisor Antonovich’s office, Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford, Lancaster Councilwoman Sherry Marquez, and a representative from Supervisor’s Knabe’s office.

The following is a list of upcoming TDA Article 8 hearings scheduled for April.

· Tuesday, April 19, 2011, (7 p.m.) Avalon City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon. (Note: meeting will be held in conjunction with the regular City Council Meeting)

· Thursday, April 28, 2011 (2 p.m.) Lancaster City Hall, Council Chambers, 44933 North Fern Ave., Lancaster.

· Thursday, April 28, 2011, (4:30 p.m.) Palmdale Chimbole Cultural Center, Joshua Room, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale.

· Friday, April 29, 2011, (10 a.m.) Santa Clarita City Hall, Century Room, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita.

Those unable to attend the meetings and would like to comment can do so by sending their comments to: Metro Article 8 Hearing Record, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Mail Stop 99-24-1, Attn: Armineh Saint. Comments must be postmarked by May 6, 2011 for the City of Avalon hearing and May 13, 2011 for the Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita hearings to be considered.

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